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DVD releases feature Trekkies, reality junkies or the sports fan

Published: Friday, Oct. 21 2011 4:24 p.m. MDT

Poppy Montgomery stars as J.K. Rowling in the new Lifetime Original Movie Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story, premiering Monday, July 18, at 8PM ET/PT on Lifetime Television.

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Star Trek fans are the target audience for a documentary that leads these shows new to DVD this week.

"The Captains" (eOne, 2011, $19.98). William Shatner directed this overview of the "Star Trek" TV series through the eyes of the actors who played starship captains in the various TV shows — Patrick Stewart ("Star Trek: the Next Generation"), Kate Mulgrew ("Star Trek: Voyager"), Avery Brooks ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"), Scott Bakula ("Star Trek: Enterprise") and, of course, Shatner himself. Plus, Chris Pine, who plays Shatner's Capt. Kirk role in the recent movie reboot.

Shatner eschews the traditional Q&A format to travel the world, become friendly with and engage in on-camera discussions with each one individually. There are also comments from other actors who were on the shows.

The result is charming, funny and engaging, as if we're sitting in someone's living room listening to great conversation.

Extras: widescreen, featurette, trailer

"You Got to Move: Stories of Change in the South" (Milliarium Zero, 1985, $29.95). This documentary is a quarter-century old yet feels quite timely as the anti-corporate greed protests continue around the country (and the world).

A sort of celebration of demonstrations built around the upcoming 80th anniversary of the Highlander Research and Education Center, which encourages the activist championing of human rights, and whose alumni include Rosa Parks, Harry Belafonte and Martin Luther King Jr.

Extras: full frame, featurettes (including updates on people in the film), excerpt from "Bill Moyers' Journal," 2007 short: "Highlander's 75th Anniversary," trailers

"Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story" (Lifetime, 2011, $19.95). Poppy Montgomery ("Without a Trace," "Unforgettable") stars in this Lifetime fictionalization of the life of the "Harry Potter" author. Far from a warts-and-all expose but should appeal to "Potter" fans.

Extras: widescreen

"Pawn Stars: Volume 3" (History, 2010, two discs, $19.95). More reality adventures with the Harrison family, whose Gold and Silver Pawn store outside Las Vegas attracts all kinds of people with an entertaining array of items, ranging from a set of Iwo Jima battle plans to a human shrunken head.

Extras: full frame, 16 episodes

"Top Shot: Reloaded: The Complete Season Two" (History, 2011, four discs, $34.95). Sixteen marksmen face challenges (built on allegedly true historical incidents) to win $100,000 in this firearms version of "Survivor."

Extras: full frame, 13 episodes, extended team selection, featurettes

"American Pickers: Volume 2" (History, 2010, two discs, $19.95). The title characters are modern-day scavengers going through America's junk piles to find hidden treasures. The title of the participants' store says it all: Antique Archaeology.

Extras: full frame, eight episodes

"Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40!" (Shout! 2010, two discs, $19.93).

"SModimations: Season One" (Shout! 2007-11, $19.93). These are strictly for Kevin Smith fans. The first is a longer version of his TV standup/sitdown comic ruminations (and Q&A) regarding his life and times, focusing on the past year, including his much-publicized tiff with Southwest Airlines. "SModimations" is animation set to the Internet rantings of Smith and his pal Scott Mosier.

Extras: widescreen, extended version, new introduction, encore, featurette (all on "Too Fat")

"CatDog: Season 1, Part 1" (Shout! 1998, two discs, $19.93). Fans of this wacked-out Nickelodeon animated series will be pleased to see the first 10 episodes make it to DVD. The title characters are feline-canine brothers who are literally joined at the hip.

Extras: full frame, 10 episodes

"Robotech: The Complete Series" (A&E, 1985, 17 discs, $99.95). The fan-fave cartoon adventure (comprised of three Japanese anime series reworked to depict three generations of intergalactic wars) gets a reissue loaded with new bonus features.

Extras: full frame, 85 episodes, alternate episodes, deleted scenes, documentary, featurettes, promos, photo/art galleries

"Baseball's Greatest Games: Collector's Edition" (A&E, 1960-2004, 11 discs, $99.95). Ten iconic competitions from the Major League Baseball archives, five of them World Series games, plus a bonus disc with never-before-seen footage.

Extras: full frame, additional footage and interviews from all 10 games, alternative audio track with local radio play-by-play.

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